Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category

Book Larder Excitement

November 18, 2011

I love cookbooks, and I love cocktails!  So this exciting event at Seattle’s new Book Larder provided a very entertaining evening recently.  Author Brad Thomas Parsons was in town to share his wonderful Bitters book.  Now until this past summer, I had no idea what bitters were about.  The cocktail class Raoul and I took at Cuoco changed all that, with one of the recipes for a Manhattan we learned to make.  (I even made my own Lavender Bitters with some organic lavender from our garden not long ago.)  At the Book Larder shindig, we got to sample some amazing bitters concoctions, with flavors ranging from cardamon to chocolate mole.  Brad’s book is a gem of bitters lore, cocktail recipes, and some very intriguing recipes for your own homemade creations.

If you enjoy cooking, please visit the Book Larder for one of the best selection of cookbooks around.  And many of their events are free.  Fun on top of more fun!

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Badass Cookies Idea

November 9, 2011

While reading soup recipes in Love Soup by Anna Thomas, I had to immediately try Lauren’s Badass Trailmix Cookies.  Great title, and a great cookie.  The whole Love Soup cookbook is tiptop.  The recipe said it would make 4 1/2 dozen cookies.  That meant Raoul and I would be tempted to eat all 54 cookies.  Well I’m probably the last person on the block to figure this out, but I decided to freeze a good portion of the dough for later.  I made two dozen cookies, and am happy to have this cookie dough all ready to go for a future baking treat.

Cocktail Class

August 24, 2011

Our recent cocktail class at Cuoco, a Tom Douglas restaurant gem, was some serious fun!  Raoul and I learned to make three scrumptuous drinks:  Lemon Basil Collins, Summer in the City (an Italian version of a Manhattan) and Bellisima (with a base of strawberry-infused tequila).  It was hands-on learning and drinking at its’ finest.  I’ve been diligent about practicing my homework ever since.

Happiness in a Cupboard

July 27, 2011

I have been having so much fun canning recently – Brandied Cherries, Holiday Cherries (sort of a sweet and sour, spicey and yummy concoction), Strawberry Conserve and Boozy Orange Marmalade.  Both of the cherries recipes are from Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff.  The orange marmalade recipe is from Amy Pennington’s Urban Pantry.  And I have a bunch of recipes marked to try in another wonderful canning book, Tart and Sweet by Kelly Geary and Jessie Knadler.  These recipes are a far cry from the jellyfish-like peaches my mom put up.

I have all of my little jars of goodness on their own shelf in a cupboard.  Yesterday I went to admire them more than once.  With each viewing, I felt happy.  It could be my new favorite stress reliever!